Bethlehem Press

Thursday, September 21, 2017
First Responders Park is the product of the efforts of, from left to right, Supervisors John Diacogiannis, Michael Prendeville, Mark Tanczos and Jack Nagle, as well as Manager Jay Finnigan. Supervisor Steve Salvesen was unable to attend. First Responders Park is the product of the efforts of, from left to right, Supervisors John Diacogiannis, Michael Prendeville, Mark Tanczos and Jack Nagle, as well as Manager Jay Finnigan. Supervisor Steve Salvesen was unable to attend.

Township dedicates park to first responders

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Bernie O’Hare Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Most of the time, they are taken for granted. Sometimes they are maligned. But when you need them, they come without hesitation. These are our nation’s first responders. Our police officers, firefighters, emergency medical and management personnel. In their honor, Hanover Township dedicated First Responders Park on Airport Road Saturday, April 28. “Thank you, for turning towards things that most people run from,” said Hanover Township Supervisor Michael Prendeville, who conceived the idea of naming this park after them. As he spoke, sirens wailed in the distance as first responders elsewhere drilled for an airport disaster that hopefully will never occur.

The park includes four fields that can be used for soccer, lacrosse and football. It was built almost entirely with grant funds. It was finished on time and under budget, or, as Township Engineer Jim Milot likes to say, “on target.” His expression became a running joke, but is in many ways an apt description of a township with no debt and low taxes.

The park was dedicated in the presence of Colonial Regional Police Department, Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Company and contingents from the Northampton County Sheriff’s office and Bethlehem Township Fire Company.

Vince Milite represented the Township Emergency Management Team.

They were joined by residents and soccer and lacrosse players, all of whom were “on target.”